CHARLESTON — High school track and field teams from across West Virginia completed their survive-and-advance phase last week.
In Class AAA Region 3, the Woodrow Wilson boys and girls both defended their 2018 team titles in the competition at University of Charleston Stadium's Laidley Field, which will also be the site of the upcoming state meet.
On the girls side, Woodrow Wilson — buoyed by a 40-point effort from senior sensation Mikah Alleyne — accumulated 166 points to grab Region 3 bragging rights yet again. Runner-up St. Albans scored 97, and Greenbrier East was third with 79.
The Flying Eagle boys had a much stiffer challenge, scoring 131 points to squeeze by runner-up Riverside, which was just five points in arrears.
Alleyne was the meet's high scorer by winning four individual events. She crossed the finish line first in the 200-meter dash (26.93 seconds), 400 (59.45), 100 hurdles (15.49) and 300 hurdles (46.13).
Alleyne's Beckley teammate, distance runner Colette Lindley, was a double-winner (1600 in 5:37.71 and 3200 in 12:47.56) and added 20 points to her team's total.
Woodrow Wilson's Madison Miller scored 18 points with a championship toss of 118 feet, 7 inches in the discus and a runner-up showing in the shot put (34-5 1/2).
Other area competitors to reach the winners' circle in individual girls events included Woodrow Wilson's Alyssa Williams in the long jump (15-10 1/2).
Greenbrier East was victorious in the 4x400 relay to conclude the girls meet. Team members for the Spartans' 4:29.72 winning effort were Fiona Beery, Edie McMillion, Elinor McLeod and Emma Dotson.
In the boys division, Woodrow Wilson was boosted by first-place individual finishes by Chris Barbera in the 800 (1:56.8), Micah Hancock in the 110 hurdles (15.02) and Brennan Staunton in the shot put (45-11 1/2). Barbera scored 22 points overall to place third in the high point race.
The Flying Eagles beat all comers in two boys relay races, as well. The shuttle hurdles quartet of Hancock, Logan Cook, Julius Stuart-Velez and Jacobe Harville produced a front running clocking of 59.41, while the 4x800 unit of Jonah Stevens, Caleb Austin, Brennen McGinnis and Colton Bare was first in 8:56.12.
Riverside's Carson Casto won the 300 hurdles in 42.02 seconds on Wednesday. His teammate, Dryden Holstein (42.78), placed third. Casto was also runner-up in the 110 hurdles (15.95) and Holstein (16.13) was fourth in that event.
Riverside also got a first-place effort from Mack Lusk (19-0 3/4) in the long jump.
The Warriors' boys 4x400 relay quartet crossed the line first in 3:35.82. Comprising the squad were Casto, Trevor Carson, Trenton Green and Kane Young. Green was also second in the 1600 (4:49.38), and Carson was second in the 400 (51.23) and third in the 800 (1:58.12). Young crossed fourth in the 400 (54.27).
In the sprints for Riverside, Lusk (11.49) and Malik Ball (11.58) were third and fourth, respectively, in the 100, and Jaileel Johnson was fifth in the 200 (24.43).
For the Warriors in the field events, Garrett Hammitt (37-11) and Isaiah Osborne (37-4) went 3-4 in the shot put, and John Taylor was second in the discus (109-7).
Greenbrier East's Justin Sexton won the 400 in 51.2.
For the Riverside girls, LaSasha Perdue was third in the 100 (13.40), and the 4x400 relay team of Alaina Rumbaugh, Emily Samples, Julia McClung and Jacque Arrington was third in 4:46.72.
Also, Arrington (1:08.5) and Samples (1:11.13) were 5-6 in the 400, Alexis Martin (18.29) and McClung (18.96) went 4-5 in the 100 hurdles, and Olivia Fauver was sixth in the shot (26-2).
The top three finishers in all region events except for high jump and pole vault automatically qualify for the state meet. The top four in high jump and pole vault automatically qualify. The next four best times, distances and heights from around the state also qualify.
The state meet will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.
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State track meet qualifying continued Thursday as Class A teams took center stage.
In Charleston, Pocahontas County High School swept the boys and girls Region 3 team championships.
In the girls events, Pocahontas County scored 164 points to hold off Charleston Catholic, which logged 161. The Irish won the concluding 4x400-meter relay, but Pocahontas County wound up second in that race to preserve the team victory. Rounding out the girls scoring were: Greenbrier West, 55; Valley, 36; Midland Trail, 24; Webster County, 20; Summers County, 18; Richwood, 16; Fayetteville, 10; and Meadow Bridge, 7.
The Warrior boys compiled 112 points to hold off Webster County (106) and the rest of the field. Rounding out team scoring were: Charleston Catholic, 78; Richwood, 66; Greenbrier West, 55; Midland Trail, 53; Summers County, 31; Fayetteville, 14; and tie-Meadow Bridge, 4, and Valley, 4.
Greenbrier West's Julie Agee was a double-winner in the girls individual races, claiming the 100- (13.23) and 200-meter (27.52) dashes. Other individual winners on the day included:
• Valley's Kaylee Nickoson won the girls long jump (14-7 1/2). Her teammates, Crystal Coleman (14-2 3/4) and Kiera Hutchinson (13-1), were third and fourth, respectively. Valley's Sierra Williams was also fourth in the shot put (24-9). Nickoson placed third in the high jump (4-8), as well.
• Midland Trail's Joshua Cooper crossed first in the boys 400 (52.54). He was also fifth in the 200 (24.82).
• Midland Trail's Roger Carte unfurled a throw of 137 feet, 8 inches to capture the boys discus. Additionally, Carte placed fifth in the shot put (33-9 1/2).
• Greenbrier West's Danielle Roberts captured the girls 400 (1:01.13).
• Pocahontas County's Sean Beverage won the boys 3200 (11:22.37).
• Greenbrier West's Drake Dunn was triumphant in the boys 110 hurdles (16.81).
• Webster County's Holly Perrine won the girls high jump (5-0).
• Richwood's Jacob Mazzella triumphed in the boys high jump (5-8).
• Pocahontas County's Cody Kiner won the boys long jump (19-5 1/4).
• Pocahontas County's Laila Calhoun crossed the line first in the 100 hurdles (16.56).
• In the boys 100, Webster County got a sweep of the first three places: Cole Deel (11.29), Dawson Tharp (11.32) and Reece Nutter (11.60).
• Pocahontas County's Jacob Jones was the winner of the 300 hurdles (42.39).
• Thomas Smith claimed the shot put (39-10) for Pocahontas County.
• Other places in girls individual events were gained by: Valley's Coleman (fourth, 14.06) and Hutchinson (fifth, 14.21) in the 100, Fayetteville's Jordan Scarbrough in the 200 (fifth, 29.74), Fayetteville's Liz Rahall in the 1600 (fourth, 6:14.72) and 3200 (fourth, 13:26.62), Midland Trail's Taylor Perry in the 300 hurdles (fifth, 57.65) and 3200 (sixth, 15:40.22), Meadow Bridge's Karli Pomeroy in the 100 hurdles (fourth, 18.79), Meadow Bridge's Isabelle Newman in the long jump (fifth, 12-9), Midland Trail's Alyssa Burdette in the shot put (third, 27-0) and sixth in the discus (58-1), and Midland Trail's Caitlyn Kincaid in the discus (fifth, 62-11).
• Other places in boys individual events were gained by: Midland Trail's Morgan Ferris in the 100 (sixth, 12.23) and 200 (fourth, 24.61); Meadow Bridge's Nick White in the 200 (sixth, 25.57); Meadow Bridge's Billy Harkins in the 400 (fifth, 58.25); Midland Trail's James Osborne in the 1600 (fifth, 5:27.98) and 3200 (second, 11:22.78); Fayetteville's Jack Ellis in the 110 hurdles (third, 17.03) and 300 hurdles (fourth, 44.51); Meadow Bridge's Chase Turner in the 110 hurdles (sixth, 20.19); Midland Trail's Jonathan Stark in the high jump (fifth, 5-0); and Valley's Jacob Ball in the long jump (fourth, 17-11 1/4).
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Once again, Shady Spring rose to the top of the Class AA Region 3 track and field competition.
The Tigers claimed championships in both divisions of Friday's qualifying event at Laidley Field, advancing numerous individuals and relays to this weekend's state meet in the process.
The Shady Spring girls compiled 185 points throughout the day to nail down their championship. Oak Hill was runner-up with 133.
In the boys competition, the Tigers scored 154 points to outdistance Oak Hill (121) and the rest of the field.
Erica Hegele won three events Friday to spearhead the charge for the Tiger girls. Hegele cruised to a nearly two-second win in the 100 hurdles (15.18), and she also logged triumphs in the 300 hurdles (47.82) and the long jump (16 feet, 6 inches). Hegele threw in a second-place effort in the 400 (1:01.52) for good measure.
Like Hegele, Oak Hill's Michael Beasley enjoyed a solid day in his events. He won both jumps (21-9 in the long jump and 6-0 in the high jump), as well as turning back the field in the 300 hurdles (41.85). Also, Beasley placed third in the 400 (53.39).
Tori Mackowiak was a double-winner for the Red Devil girls. She easily beat Hegele to the line in the 400 (58.56) in the first session, then followed that with a triumph in the 200 (25.94) as the meet drew to a close.
Mackowiak's teammate, Courtney Smith, also gained top honors in a pair of individual races. Smith won the 800 (2:36.56) and 1600 (6:05.52).
Mason Harp was a double-winner for the Red Devil boys contingent. Harp showed his heels to the field in the 1600 (4:53.13) and 3200 (11:07.58).
The Shady Spring girls registered wins in four of five relays: 4x100 (54.09), 4x200 (1:49.46), 4x400 (4:14.37) and shuttle hurdles (1:13.63).
Oak Hill captured wins in the 4x800 relay in both divisions, with the girls winning in 11:49.15 and the boys in 8:42.26. Girls team members were Smith, Kiya Babkirk, Morgan Wills and Samiah Lynch. Boys squad members included Harp, Dylan Massey, Seth Crosier and Ian Bibb.
The Red Devil girls also got an individual win from Amanda Flint with a personal-best 5-0 clearance in the high jump.
Other top individual finishers for OHHS were Shannon Farrow in the 100 (second, 12.91) and 200 (third, 28.14), Destiny Minor in the high jump (second, 4-4), Babkirk in the 800 (second, 2:42.48) and 300 hurdles (third, 50.66), and Flint in the 100 hurdles (fourth, 18-4).
For the Oak Hill boys, Bibb (2:06.40), Crosier (2:08.6) and Harp (2:14.99) went 1-2-5 in the 800, Logan Broyles placed fourth in both the 100 (11.72) and 200 (24.76), Tony Stump was fifth in the long jump (18-5 1/2), Antonio Ovalle was fifth in the shot put (34-10), and Antwjuan Pagan placed sixth in both the 100 (12.14) and 200 (25.43).
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